Another Scam

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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » January 14th, 2019, 1:34 pm

"Moneybox" on R4 had a story about this

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001zw3

The victim had just moved house. I read a while ago that the TV licensing database had been hacked quite a while ago and no warning was given to license payers, disgraceful behaviour.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » January 19th, 2019, 6:42 pm

Here’s one to look out for
I got it by SMS text message but I bet there will be emails
You may need to renew your passport early for travel within Europe. https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport


This is the UK Passport Office - note that government always comes before the name of the department
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office#content
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » January 25th, 2019, 1:34 pm

I don't know if this is a scam or what but i am having real problems with bitdefender who have just emailed me saying that my subscription runs out today and they now want £150 for the next to include 6 devices. I have only one. I have replied to their email saying that I refuse to pay this amount because I don't have 6 devices. No I'm getting hassling emails and pop ups every few minutes saying i have x mintes of security left. Any suggestions?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » January 25th, 2019, 4:26 pm

Do you know if it runs out today? If so, it might be genuine.
Did the email address you by your full name? If so, it's probably genuine. If not, it's probably a scam.

They are only threatening to remove security, not disabling your computer. So probably OK to let it lapse. Lack of security is not high risk unless you actually download things from the internet.

There are free programs out there that will protect your computer. I'm not a windows person, but try Malwarebytes . They do a free version. I have it on my Apple. The free version is similar to the paid version, but it needs you to physically start the scan, it doesn't check downloads automatically.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » January 25th, 2019, 7:42 pm

Thanks Aero. I think it probably is genuine but the price is completely stupid and they won't respond to my emails bout only having one device.I have told them I refuse to be bullied and Mr r is now getting me onto his security at a fraction of the cost.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » January 27th, 2019, 2:12 pm

Just to let you know I have installed a different anti virus with no hassle and even with an upgrade to allow me to manage it myself it cost less than £20,00.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » January 27th, 2019, 3:10 pm

:tu: :tu:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » February 26th, 2019, 8:38 am

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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » March 20th, 2019, 1:00 pm

I had an email, in French supposedly from M&S saying I had informed them that I have forgotten my password and I hadn't submitted the new one. I had 70 minutes to use the chance to do so or I would have to re register. !! I forwarded the email to M&S France and they said it was not from them but thanked me very much for informing them and they were looking into it They gave the usual advice - which I had followed anyway. They only took 45 minutes to reply!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » March 20th, 2019, 6:40 pm

I had a couple of emails this morning to say that I had been seen on a child pornography list and if I wanted to have my name removed I had to pay via a Bitcoin site. Who do these idiots think they are scamming and what sort of idiot would believe all this tosh? I've also been told that someone has videoed me viewing porn and blackmailing me. Even if I did watch porn which I don't I have a bit of tape over my camera so that no-one could see me :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » May 7th, 2019, 8:36 am

I've had a very plausible looking email purporting to be from Barclays this morning welcoming me to their online banking (I've been doing it for years) and saying they're sending me a keypad and card to use in it so I can access my account online. :shock: :o :shock: :o :shock: :o There's also all sorts of small print at the bottom, part of which states that nothing in the email can be used in any legal proceedings????!!!

Highly suspicious !!!

I've forwarded it to Barclays Internet Fraud section, and deleted it and then emptied my deleted items box.

I'm 99.99999999999999999999999999999% certain it's a scam.

It looks pretty plausible tho ........... BEWARE!!!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » May 25th, 2019, 11:42 am

Just had a call from 'Alan Walker of BT Openreach' to say that my router was unsecured and that I needed to change my IP address to stop anyone accessing my computer. :lol: I kept him talking for 15 minutes playing the silly old woman who didn't know what to do and then I changed tack and asked him to prove he was who he said he was. He didn't sound like an Alan! I put the phone down on him when he said that he was going to disconnect my internet because I wasn't doing what he said :lol:
I then got in touch with Openreach who confirmed it was a scam and congratulated me on not being gullible. I probably am gullible in some circumstances but not where Alan is concerned. Just in case anyone else gets a call from him his number is 02688184368
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 25th, 2019, 12:07 pm

I have had loads of calls purporting to be virgin media and BT at different times. It is annoying.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby icelesley » May 26th, 2019, 6:59 am

The BT scam has been going on foe ages. We very a message every other day saying the are disconnecting our service as the IP address is being used abroad, I hope they get better service than here :lol: BT just say ignore it, but it is so annoying. The calls come from a different number every time and I have reported every one I have had, but they still keep coming :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » May 28th, 2019, 11:27 am

Funnily enough on going on line this morning I couldn't connect - it said my IP address was wrong :terrified: I thought maybe Alan had been genuine :lol: :lol: but Talk Talk fixed it within 10 minutes :tu:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » May 28th, 2019, 11:32 am

Had another BT (NOT) scam call this morning. I just hang up. I’m sure my internet provider (not BT) will find a way yo contact me if they really need to.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm

I had a stream of calls, no-one on the other end, about six of them 10-15 mins apart. 1471 and number search said it was a Berwick on Tweed number. I know nothing about BoT and it is a long way from me.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » May 28th, 2019, 1:01 pm

It seems that some of the scammers are able to piggyback on legitimate UK numbers in order to fool the wary into answering. If I’m not expecting a call I assume it’s a scam until it’s proved otherwise.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 28th, 2019, 1:05 pm

So do I. My usual response is a snappy "Yes?" which is occasionally embarrassing.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 28th, 2019, 5:59 pm

All these scams have made me so suspicious, that even when my bank (and I knew it was my bank) asked me to confirm my date of birth, I asked them if I should tell them ;)

My recent scam of my credit card has now been sorted and all charges in relation to the £5000 cash withdrawal will be re-imbursed. It was somehow an online scam... where I have (possibly) used my cc for an online purchase. The scammers called JL Finance, pretending to be me and requested an update to a new mobile number … they then (somehow without my PIN and 3 digit security number :shock: ) made the withdrawal. When JLFinance texted me for confirmation that the transaction was bona fide, it was the scammers on the new phone number who got the text and confirmed all OK …. I understand JLF are still trying to get their money back :( :?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 28th, 2019, 6:06 pm

Oh dear, that's rough and unsettling.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » May 28th, 2019, 9:05 pm

Horrid Patsy. Glad it’s getting sorted :hug:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby StokeySue » May 29th, 2019, 6:15 am

Good you will be reimbursed Pat

I had a fairly convincing and lengthy email from “PayPal” about double key identification but they sent it to an email address I don’t use for financial stuff
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Seatallan » May 29th, 2019, 9:06 am

Just glad to hear it is sorted out Pat. Does make you wonder though- when you consider how much security we normal mortals have to navigate just to do something as simple as order a grocery delivery, how do these scammers manage to bypass the security checks when doing something nefarious?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 29th, 2019, 9:09 am

Seatallan wrote:Just glad to hear it is sorted out Pat. Does make you wonder though- when you consider how much security we normal mortals have to navigate just to do something as simple as order a grocery delivery, how do these scammers manage to bypass the security checks when doing something nefarious?


Exactly. Very odd and worrying.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » May 29th, 2019, 11:59 am

It seems it was probably something I had bought online …. either petrol, or something from a site with very little security .. (for instance the very cheap dance shoes I bought for my recent Fitsteps retreat holiday from a company called Lightbox )
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » May 29th, 2019, 6:42 pm

There was a big problem round here a year or so back. Strong rumours that the ATMs outside Tesco were to blame, but never confirmed. The ATMs were replaced with upgraded ones. Like all electronics, they were built in China. Apparently, and again never officially confirmed, they had been intercepted in transit and some extra electronics added internally. So when you took your cash out, all your details were copied and sent directly to the fraudsters somewhere overseas.

Our cards were "used" in Australia and some cases of whisky and tobacco were purchased over two days. The third transaction was at a very upmarket restaurant in Adelaide where they seemed to have celebrated with a dinner...
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » May 29th, 2019, 7:28 pm

There's a new scam warning this week about using USB charging points in public places. You are OK to charge a phone, etc with your own mains charger, but there's a risk when using the direct USB points that appear on many mains outlets. The USB connection in these should only connect the power, but it seems that some are fully connected with the data pins as well. Then there's a risk that someone can access the data from another USB point in the same place.

You can buy data blockers for USB connections if you just want to charge your phone, but all they do is break the data link. Some are expensive. A separate mains charger is safe and you probabl already have one.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » May 30th, 2019, 7:59 am

Hadn't thought of that one! We had a big debate at work this week. Nearly everyone (except me - the others are all under 35!) regularly orders takeaways and sometimes from outlets which are slightly dubious. A girl had mentioned that when she orders over the phone she has no qualms about using her credit/debit card and reading out the required information. Everyone else said they would never do that and it ended up with a poll round the extended room. Cash on delivery was the unanimous answer unless ordered online through Deliveroo or such where there appeared to be reasonable security. I can see that this particular kind of outlet could lend itself to problems but there are other situations where reading out the card info seems the only thing you can do. So, cash for dodgy takeaways seems good idea (a dodgy takeaway doesn't!!). What about the rest though?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » May 30th, 2019, 9:07 am

Would a credi card with a low limit eg £200 work for small items in dodgy outlets? Pay off regularly when at home.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » June 11th, 2019, 5:30 pm

Aother one today from "refund.gb®hmrc.gov.uk" that is actually an alias of a Belgian e-mail address

Gateway.co.uk Payment confirmation

Dear Customer

You have received this email to be notified that the Gateway Portal - (United Kingdom) has issued a refund and you'll receive 457.42 GBP directly on your credit card.

Government Gateway Service UK

Note!

• the link expire's on 11 June 2019.
• have your credit/debit card ready
• A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons, for example submitting invalid records or applying after deadline.


Tax Self Assessment
Tax reference 9158422036
Payment reference zhyj-zqu-id-tjf-qhqcfo
Amount paid £457.42
Please note: (Government Gateway) Office will never request your password or financial information via email.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 11th, 2019, 6:16 pm

Hooray, well the drinks are on you tonight aero.

A blank call today. 1471 revealed some sort of computer out of order scam.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » June 11th, 2019, 6:53 pm

I forgot to mention this before but about 2 weeks ago i had an email telling me my email account had been hacked and unless I paid x amount in bitcoins the hacker would reveal to everyone the "sexual revalations they had captures from my web cam and the pornographic content of the images I have been viewing. I contacted Orange immediately and they said it was partly thier fault as their site had been hacked - thanks for informing everyone! With a new password everything now seems to be normal except that in my outbox there have been several messages in Russian which have been sent from my computer. My virus software did not pick this up but we eventually discovered that it came from my previous antivirus software < Bitdefender" which I ditched a few months ago.

It all appears to be normal now and the antivirus is working, I check it every day At first I was realyy furious and I am still pretty cross but I have to smile at the sheer audacity of trying to frighten a rather elderly lady with the threat of publishing compromising pictures :scared: :scared:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 11th, 2019, 7:09 pm

Ratatouille wrote:At first I was realyy furious and I am still pretty cross


so am I; I was looking forward to the

Ratatouille wrote: "sexual revalations they had captures from my web cam and the pornographic content of the images I have been viewing.


It is horrible when it happens and can be scary.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 14th, 2019, 10:44 am

Well, that was nice. Whilst sitting in the car in Sainsburys car park waiting for the rain to stop I had a call from a nice friendly Scottish chap saying he was ringing about my life insurance policy. As he had not even asked who he was speaking to it seemed rather presumptuous. I have a feeling he would have liked to sell me some!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 14th, 2019, 11:05 am

earthmaiden wrote: I have a feeling he would have liked to sell me some!


or a refund for you, over-paid premiums, just give me your bank details and log-in...
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 14th, 2019, 1:12 pm

You all know of the recent scam of my credit card … I have a full refund from JL Finance of all charges pertaining to it, including receiving a new card. This was duely activated and I have since used it a few times. Yesterday I got the first statement for the new card … to find it has been scammed twice .. for Netflix and Spotify !!! :shock: :evil: A speedy call to JL Finance only to be told I have to contact these companies myself to report fraudulent use of my card .. Netflix have agreed to put a stop on any further use of my card details, but can't/won't do any more (like give me my money back) as they say they wouldn't have known the use was fraudulent. There was only an email contact for Spotify. Email sent and 24 hours later ……. nothing from them, not even an acknowledgement.

The rules for reporting unknown spend seemed to have changed .. I remember when JLF immediately reversed the charge and took up the fight on your behalf … not any more it seems. :evil: :? :rolleyes:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » June 14th, 2019, 1:58 pm

Goodness Pat, how awful. I don't understand how your new card can have been scammed. Surely you have new numbers, passwords/codes etc yet it sounds (maybe I am wrong) if it is just a continuation of the old one. I suppose all you can do is cancel the card and all dealings with that company. Do you understand how it can have happened - assuming it's not just bad luck?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Seatallan » June 14th, 2019, 2:12 pm

Patsy that sounds deeply odd.... forgive me for asking but this isn't down to someone you know getting hold of your card details is it? Hope you can get it sorted out anyway.... :hug:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby miss mouse » June 14th, 2019, 2:24 pm

That is weird and very worrying. Presumably someone has got hold of it in some way. Who and how? and why isn't the credi card co more active? What a nightmare. I have a JL card...eek...better check...
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 14th, 2019, 8:16 pm

I did get a response from Spotify … They have taken ownership and refunded me after confirming that I wasn't the person who's email address had been used … I only knew about this yesterday when I received the statement and so not have long to do any investigation .. The only thing that stays the same with the new card is my PIN … and that number is in my head. The card has never left my person and in fact was used on the same day as my first transaction which was in Tesco...
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Re: Another Scam

Postby suffolk » June 14th, 2019, 9:11 pm

Sounds to me as if there’s a security problem at JLF. :shock:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby PatsyMFagan » June 15th, 2019, 8:58 am

Not really …. a £10 Netflix charge and the same for Spotify isn't enough to set any alarm bells ringing ….whoever has my details had enough to be plausible - that's the worrying bit - it's at the vendor end :?
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Herbidacious » June 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm

Pat that happened to me with Netflix. I bank with HSBC. I was really p**sed off with HSBC for making me do the work. They who have (unnecessarily) cancelled my card at the drop of a hat in the past (including on my birthday.) They also suggested I might have started a sub with Netflix and forgotten about it. At any rate, they couldn't be ar*ed to pursue it themselves.

I rang Netflix who refunded me twice the amount fraudulently taken.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Meganthemog » July 1st, 2019, 2:43 pm

Another call this afternoon from 'BT' to say that my router signal was out of date and needed to be changed. Again they tried to get remote access to my computer - I said you've got to be joking, do you think I'm a complete idiot? Yes she said - you are an idiot :lol: :lol: if you get a call from 01981748565 be aware the young lady is a crook :evil:
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Re: Another Scam

Postby earthmaiden » July 1st, 2019, 4:32 pm

:lol:. Excellent customer service!
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » July 3rd, 2019, 9:34 am

Every single day i have several emails. all from different "people" thanking me for my order - with a number, never the same and attaching an invoice explaining the acceptable payment methods. How stupid do the senders think people are ?? There doesn't seem any way of stopping them either if I made everyone an undesirable I would jam up my red list If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby aero280 » July 3rd, 2019, 12:50 pm

I've not seen one of those. Do they all come from the same e-mail domain? There's a way to expand the e-mail address and see the full name and address it comes from, not just the alias they put up front. It you note the basic e-mail, it might be the same, and you can ban that.
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Re: Another Scam

Postby Pepper Pig » July 4th, 2019, 2:25 pm

This is in today’s online London Evening Standard. Will someone cleverer than me please explain it. Is it like the old pyramid schemes? I’m not remotely tempted by the way.

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Re: Another Scam

Postby Ratatouille » July 4th, 2019, 2:46 pm

Can't PP it doesn't work
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